Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Minnesota

judge magneyNorth of Grand Marais on Highway 61, the entrance to this park is nearly right across from Naniboujou, an interesting hotel and restaurant decorated in Cree Indian designs.

The popular hike leads from the trailhead upstream along the Brule River about 2.25 miles to Devil’s Kettle.

judge magney devils kettleHere, half of the river plunges 50 feet into a pool, while the rest pours into a huge pothole – i.e., the kettle.  The Devil’s Kettle is a natural mystery – the water from the river circles down into a hole – and vanishes.  In the past, researchers have poured dye down the kettle to try to see where the water emerges from, but haven’t found the exit.  I recall the hike was fairly easy on relatively level, yet uneven, terrain.  You could hear the rushing of the river along side the trail while hiking.